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Crossrail awards communications and control systems contract

By Peter MacLennan

Crossrail today announced it has awarded the contract for the central section communications and control systems:

  • C660 – Siemens PLC

Crossrail will operate a high-frequency metro service of up to 24 trains per hour during the peak between Whitechapel and Paddington through new tunnels under central London.

The scope of works includes the design, testing, installation and commissioning of key communications and control systems within Crossrail’s central section including CCTV and public address systems at stations, customer information displays, staff and emergency services radio systems and the data networks that will carry information to and from the route control centre.

Design and testing for the new communications and control systems will be undertaken by the contractor at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire.

The contract also includes commitments to provide apprenticeships and job opportunities for Londoners. Siemens will be required to create seven new apprenticeships and five new job start roles for individuals who are long-term unemployed or out of education or training for six months or more during the life of the contract. It is a requirement that all of the new job starts be taken up by individuals living within Greater London or within one mile of the Crossrail route.

Installation of the new communications and control systems will get underway in spring 2015.

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For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email [email protected]

Notes to editors:

The value of the C660 contract is in the region of £43m.

The following organisations were invited to tender:

  • Siemens PLC
  • Telent Technology Services Ltd.
  • Thales Transportation Systems

About Crossrail:

The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn.

The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.